三九电影网No matter what you need to haul across town—beer, groceries, a rashly adopted puppy—there’s a bike basket for the job. Forget the stereotype that they’re for just pink beach cruisers and picnic lunches (though we included a few options that are), today’s baskets offer more functionality than ever before.
Take a look here at quick info on the top five performers, then scroll down for helpful buying advice and more in-depth reviews on these and other options.
Things to Consider
Before you buy, you should know what kind of basket best serves your needs. If your primary mission consists only of the occasional run to the corner store, you don’t need a gaping, rear-mounted option like the Blackburn Local. A sleeker one, like the Biria City Basket or the Axiom Fresh Mesh, will get that job done. The weight of the cargo is also something to consider—if you’re hauling more than 15 pounds, look at a rear basket, because the back of your bike can support more without impeding steering or bogging down the bike’s handling as significantly. That’s where something like the Local or Sunlite’s Rack Top Wire would serve you well.
Once you’ve got those important details dialed, you’ll want to factor in price, aesthetics, whether or not the basket necessitates an additional rack, ease of mounting, and even canine carrying capacity. Some models, like the Electra Linear QR Mesh Low Profile, can easily be removed when not in use, if you prefer.
How We Selected
三九电影网Every basket on this list has been thoroughly evaluated and vetted by our team of test editors. We research the market, survey user reviews, speak with product managers and designers, and rely on our own experience pedaling stuff around to determine the best. Our team of testers spent many hours using these baskets for grabbing lunch, getting groceries, and hitting the library on a variety of different cruiser, hybrid, and fitness bikes. We pushed the limits of their weight capacity and compared how easy they were to mount. All the while, we took notes on performance, fit, price, and practicality to come up with this list of baskets that will serve you best.
HANDLEBAR-MOUNTED —EDITORS’ CHOICE—
Biria Plaza Basket
Attaching a basket to your bike is most often a pain in the neck. But a quick-release mount, like on the Plaza, saves you the headache of wrangling all those little pieces into place while still affording the option to take a ride basket-free. And if you’re shopping, the attached handle allows you gather your goods as you go and skip the disposable bag at the end. This lightweight, plastic basket comes in an array of bright colors in addition to the classy cream version we tested.
—BEST LUNCH BOX—
Sunlite Bamboo Slat Basket
This front basket is made from bamboo slats and natural wood trim, reinforced from the inside with a strong woven fabric tape. The quick-release mount is a bit complex to attach, but most such systems are in order to fit snugly around the handlebar. (This Sunlite’s fits standard and oversize handlebars with diameters of 22.2 to 31.8mm.) And once it’s mounted, it’s smooth to detach and carry around by the removable shoulder strap. Testers though it made a cute tote, but the fabric strap dug in under heavier loads, so we suggest sticking to lunch runs and small errands. The strap and hook attachments are separate, so you could theoretically attach a different strap to the rings if they want something shorter or more stylish.
Electra Woven Rattan
三九电影网If style points are what you’re after, this Electra is quite the classic. The sides, lid, and bottom are fully woven from rattan, a natural reed-like material. And this basket is ideal for bikes without a lot of cabling in front of the headset to wrestle with, as the brown leather mounting straps—while handsome—secure with just a buckle and aren’t super snug or precise (admittedly a double-edged sword). Load the Rattan up with wine, cheese, and crackers, then pedal yourself down to the park.
—BEST FOR SMALL ITEMS—
Biria City Basket
This Biria is a great everyday option for commutes, boardwalk cruises, and small errands. The wire mesh gives just enough that it won’t dent with impact, and the bucket-style basket is roomy (14 by 10 by 10 inches), with enough space for a bag of groceries or a beach towel, sunscreen and a book. Once you attach the mount to your handlebar, the quick-release function and carrying handle allow you to use the City for shopping or as a beach tote, and the handle swings out of the way when you’re riding. Testers appreciated that the mesh let them see items buried at the bottom for easy access.
RACK-MOUNTED —BEST FOR BOOKS—
Sunlite Woody Rack
三九电影网If you have a rear rack on your bike, clamp-on baskets like the Sunlite Woody can come in handy for hauling items that don’t secure easily on their own, like textbooks or a lunchbox. At 11.8 inches front to back, 15.7 inches side to side, and seven inches deep, it’s big enough to carry both. To attach it, pull apart the two handles on either side of the wooden base, center it over the top of your rack, and let the spring-loaded clamping mechanism secure it. That mechanism holds on racks from 4.3- to 5.5-inches wide, and the Woody’s forward-facing side has a Velcro strap that loops around the seat post for added security. Testers likes that the basket held tight over bumps in the sidewalk, but since it doesn’t have a lid, we recommend using a bungee net or string over items that could bounce out, such as water bottles or a load of apples. The carrying handle has a rubber grip in the middle and folds down when not in use.
—GREAT CAPACITY AND VALUE—
Sunlite Rack Top Wire
The Rack Top clamps to a standard rear rack to hold a couple of gallons of milk, a six-pack, and most anything else you might need to fit in there. Its basic black steel frame is deep enough (13 by 16 by 8 inches) that you don’t need a bungee to keep everything from bouncing out—though you’re probably safer using one anyway. It’s also wide enough to haul a grocery bag but doesn’t block the whole bike lane. The advantage of the rear basket over a front one is that it can carry more weight without making the front end wobbly—and this model is sturdy enough that you can really load it down. We had no trouble mounting the basket to a rear rack using the included hardware and basic bike tools. And the best part is it’s a killer value.
Electra Linear QR Mesh Low Profile
This is a good “sometimes” basket for riders who already have a rear rack on their bike, because it goes on and comes off in a jiffy. Via two spring-loaded clamps on the bottom, it pinches onto your rack, and a Velcro strap loops around the seat post to keep it from sliding backward. You can attach the clamp mounts through the mesh holes anywhere on the bottom for greater customization and to better accommodate the width of your specific rack. And the Linear comes with a cargo net that hooks over the top and is roomy enough to carry a small beach towel and a book.
三九电影网The Blackburn Local leads the pack in adjustability and weight capacity, but at a small cost: It’s probably the most difficult model on this list to mount to your bike. That’s no problem if you plan to install it once and leave it on, but if you like to add and remove your basket regularly, you’ll want to try one with a quick-release mechanism. Other than that, this Blackburn has seemingly endless adaptability—you can adjust both the height and width of the built-in rack and mount it to the front or back of a road or mountain bike, plus it will work on bikes with disc brakes. The legs attach to your quick release or eyelets, and swivel mounting hardware stabilizes them against the frame. The Local has an integrated clip for attaching your light, a cargo net to hold down all your stray produce, and a U-lock holster so you don’t have to stretch out the pocket of your jeans. It’s also designed to haul up to 45 pounds if you mount it over the rear wheel, so for those looking to carry a lot, this is the best basket-rack hybrid out there.
—BEST GROCERY HAULER—
Wald 582 Folding
For when you want the carrying capacity of a basket or panniers but can’t be bothered with all that bulk attached to your bike, there’s the lightweight Wald 582. It attaches to the side of most rear racks with three screw-on clamps and folds open into a cargo space that’s about 13-inches wide and seven-inches deep. When it’s not in use, the sides collapse to lay flat against the rack. If you really want to conduct all your bulk transport affairs by bike, more power to you, but get a set of two for $42.